Caring for One or More Aging Parents: Some Personal Stories
Taking initiative, a friend who was caring for several parents–some of whom lived out of town and on both coasts- started a blog so caregivers could share their insights, concerns and offer mutual support.
Not all stories on her FaceBook page deal with the costs of care, but some do. Here is one such story: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/health/at-home-many-seniors-are-imprisoned-by-their-independence.html?_r=1
Most stories are personal from caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease to caring for one parent when the other has died. These stories give a personal voice and face to the very personal issues of aging and caregiving. These stories reflect the strength, needs and challenges facing our elders and our families.
Her FaceBook page is: https://www.facebook.com/GirlfriendsWithAgingParents?fref=ts
The other is a new care and financing model: http://altarum.org/research-centers/center-for-elder-care-and-advanced-illness. They also have a blog on the development of these communities: http://www.medicaringcommunities.org
There are other models,, such as the one my mother was in, called PACE: http://www.npaonline.org/website/article.asp?id=12 This program is primarily for low-income elders, but they do accept private pay patients, such as my mother.
Coming next: Tribal Care Long-term Care
In my last blog I talked about the importance of programs that respect personal goals and wishes as we age. The Urban Indian Health Service connected me with the head of their program. Their story will be featured next. http://www.uihi.org/about/
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Kathleen O’Connor (c) July 28, 2015